Dr. Robert Ballance

The Center for Internet as Infrastructure, LLC


Dr. Robert Ballance is the founder of the Center for Internet as Infrastructure, LLC. The Center’s purpose is to help accelerate the transition of internet connectivity from a desirable innovation to essential infrastructure.

Prior to founding the Center, Bob served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow (1/2016-4/2017) where he was the principal architect of the Broadband Connectivity Assessment Tool, a prototype data-driven community self-assessment tool for broadband. He also helped to organize the White House Open Data Summit and Innovation Showcase, held in September 2016.

Throughout his career, Bob has helped people and organizations integrate, optimize, and deploy rapidly-evolving computing systems and new technologies. He has held multiple roles: professor, researcher, entrepreneur, high-performance computing (HPC) system manager, leader of high-tech teams, and IT strategist. His work includes contributions to the deployment and management of Red Storm (a significant HPC system collaboration between Sandia National Laboratories and Cray, Inc.) and coordination of collaborations among National Laboratories. Prior to joining Sandia, he was a co-founder of the Linux Clusters Institute (LCI), an organization centered on helping organizations as they began using and operating Linux clusters in education, research, and business.

Dr. Ballance received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the Internet Society.

September 22-24, 2020

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